Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla & Coffee Beans
Jackie O's Brewpub

Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla & Coffee BeansDark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla & Coffee Beans
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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #63
Ranked #971
4.34 | pDev: 9.68%
Nov 10, 2023
Jan 25, 2016
This special batch was aged in bourbon barrels and conditioned on vanilla beans and whole coffee beans. A truly decadent brew that is intended to be poured into your favorite snifter and given time to warm up from it's dark and cool resting place.

30 IBU
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Rated: 4.33 by kjkinsey from Texas

Nov 10, 2023
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Oct 04, 2023
Rated: 4.48 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jun 24, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

May 28, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle at share. Definitely the highlight of the evening. Big Rich, sticky, sweet Stout. Barrel aging vanilla coffee chocolate, all coming together perfectly. Slick feel, oily, gentle warrant from the alcohol. Absolutely stellar.
Mar 09, 2023
Rated: 4.73 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Feb 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Super dark brown / black in appearance with a small amount of tan head that receded to a thin ring somewhat quickly. Basically, it looks like a stout. Aroma is glorious. Vanilla leads the parade, but chocolate, barrel and coffee are all there as well. Very inviting.

The taste has the same elements as the nose, but in different proportions. The barrel is more pronounced, and helps balance out the sweetness of the malts. The vanilla is a little more subdued, and I'm not getting any coffee. Nice, full mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very good beer. Well balanced and a joy to drink.
Feb 04, 2023
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a pitch-black coloration with a small, creamy head. Smells of roasted, caramel malt, chocolate and vanilla, with lighter coffee and bourbon-soaked oak also coming through. Taste is an excellent balance of roasted, slightly caramelly malt and strong dark, bitter chocolate and roasted coffee notes, which some through a lot stronger on the tongue than in the nose, distinct vanilla and lighter dark fruit, with notes of raisin and fig, as well as hints of licorice and bourbon-soaked oak. Finishes with a light bitterness and sweetness, as well as some roasted malt and coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and low/medium carbonation.

This certainly is the best BBA Stout I've had in a while, what a lovely treat, and perfect for Christmas Eve. I love the balance between roasted malts and coffee, dark, bitter chocolate and sweet caramel malt and vanilla here, being rounded out by dark fruits, licorice and oak. While it may be just a tad too sweet for my personal taste, there's still a lovely balance to this, without being overly boozy at all, but still showing a good bourbon presence. While I would have wished for a slightly richer mouthfeel, this still makes for an incredibly enjoyable, well-balanced BBA Stout with a good complexity.
Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by thedifferencemaker from Ohio

Dec 16, 2022
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Reviewed by rhamning from Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Jackie O's knows Stout. Dark brown/black, opaque. Coffee, vanilla, maple nose. Really clean. More coffee than vanilla. Dark Chocolate? Slight bitter. Slight. Long, clean, nice finish. A beer to savor and sip ... and think. Dark chocolate, maple, vanilla taste.Smooth, it just glides over my tongue. Sweet. They really know Stout!
Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Oct 27, 2022
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a 12.7 oz bottle from the Appalachian Vintner in Asheville 8-4-22 for $13.99. 2022 bottle consumed 10-1-22.

Beer poured black with a very nice tan head.

Nose is very nice, a blend of light roasted malts, bourbon, and vanilla.

Taste follows the nose with the substantial lightly roasted malts garner the barrel lending a touch of warming bourbon and vanilla. Coffee is under the radar and is faintly in the background. Finishes nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium to large bodied and very smooth.

Overall a delicious beer that was fun to try!
Oct 01, 2022
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Everything is in its place on this one. All the flavors get more pronounced as it warms.
Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by deereless from Colorado

Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by BAsbill from California

Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a raspberry-hued black with a finger-and-a-half of dark khaki head. Solid retention before settling into a decent cap. Spotty lacing.

Roast coffee and chocolate, with vanilla and marshmallow behind, are what stand out most in the nose. Maybe a hint of cherry from the bourbon.

Nice vanilla / marshmallow addition throughout the taste. A hint of cherry again from the bourbon. Overall balance, however, is slightly in favor of the roast coffee, which along with some warming alcohol, keep it tasting dark and mature. Touches of raisin and chocolate show, too, as the serving progresses.

Smooth, lush, full-bodied feel. Just enough carbonation slowly cutting through.

Another excellent beer from this brewery.
Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by Budlum from Maryland

Jan 15, 2022
Dark Apparition - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla & Coffee Beans from Jackie O's Brewpub
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